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Anti-gay Law: Activists Rush To Constitutional Court

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Museveni clarified that the reason he had not signed the bill is to scientifically answer the question; are there people genetically born homosexual?


“For me, I had thought that since there were people born albino there could be people born homosexual, but since the medical authorities, the department of genetics of the Medical School from Makerere, say there is no proof yet that people are homosexual by genetics, I told those scientists to put it in writing and they are going to do so. Then I will sign the bill.”


He further said a study done in Sweden showed that 34 percent were homosexuals as a result of nurture, adding Ugandans were falling to homosexuality for mercenary reasons due to widespread poverty.


However, since then several western countries came out and condemned the act alleging that the law is against human rights and freedoms to which Uganda is held responsible to preserve and protect.


“As a country and a people, the United States has consistently stood for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. We believe that people everywhere should be treated equally, with dignity and respect, and that they should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, no matter who they are or whom they love,” noted the US president, Barack Obama.


The new law criminalises, outlaws and provides tough jail terms for same sex relationships in the country.


It further provides a fourteen year jail term for one convicted for the offence of homosexuality; and imprisonment for life for the offence of aggravated homosexuality.


According to Parliament, the legislation seeks to establish a comprehensively consolidated legislation to protect the traditional family by prohibiting any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex; and the promotion or recognition of such sexual relations in public institutions and other places through or with the support of any government entity in Uganda or any other non-governmental organization inside or outside the country.

The Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs said in its Report, “The Bill aims at strengthening the nation’s capacity to deal with emerging internal and external threats to the traditional heterosexual family.”


The Committee also said that there is need to protect the children and youth of Uganda who are vulnerable to sexual abuse and deviations as a result of cultural changes, uncensored information technologies, parentless child development settings and increasing attempts by homosexuals to raise children in homosexual relationships through adoption and foster care.

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